We all know that Nikola Jokic is now the player the Nuggets will primarily run the offense through given his other-worldly passing skills and exceptional court vision, but he’s just one of five players on the court.
Sure, he’s the spark plug to the Nuggets’ engine, but the Nuggets have many players that have been, and still are making irreplaceable contributions each and every night.
The Denver Nuggets are coming off of four excellent wins, pulling away slightly from the Portland Trail Blazers in the competition for 8th seed in the Western Conference.
Through hard work, this young team’s identity is slowly starting to emerge allowing everyone’s roles to come into focus.
The 28-year-old, who will likely enter free agency for the first time in his eight-year career this offseason, hasn’t hidden his love for Denver over the past few seasons.
Earlier this year, Gallinari said that he would “love to end his career in Denver,” and at his exit interview last week said that “it wasn’t the right time to make a decision,” yet, on if he’ll be back with the Nuggets but expressed how hard it would be to leave the city that he’s called home for most of his NBA life.
Gallinari is expected to decline his .1 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent.
The veteran has scored in double digits in 41 of his 42 games so far this season and has become a pillar of consistency for a young Denver squad that currently finds itself in eighth place in the Western Conference.
A big part of that consistency comes with finally being healthy.
“The relationship between me, the city and the organization is great.
This is the reason why I would love to reach an agreement to remain in Denver,” Gallinari said. And I would love to remain with the Nuggets.” There’s no firm date of when that interview was recorded, but those comments line up with Gallinari’s general line of thinking over the past two seasons when his name has been brought up in trade chatter.